Fujifilm X-T3 review

Fujifilm’s new high-end mirrorless camera gets turbocharged

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Our Verdict

The X-T3 is so good, in so many areas, that you really have to scrape the barrel to find anything negative to say about it at all. Yes, a bigger buffer depth would have been good in continuous shooting mode and it’s a shame there’s no in-body stabilisation, but if you look at the price and what this camera can do, it outweighs all these tiny niggles. Right now, for this money, there’s no camera like it.

For

  • Excellent 26.1 megapixel sensor
  • High-speed burst modes
  • 4K video at 60fps
  • AF coverage over full image area

Against

  • Very sensitive to touch input
  • No in-body stabilisation
  • Could use a bigger buffer

When Fujifilm announced the X-T3 it was straight after the full frame Nikon and Canon mirrorless camera launches, so it was unlikely to attract the same kind of attention.

After all, it’s just a routine upgrade of the existing Fujifilm X-T2, right? Well that just shows how appearances can be deceptive, because the exterior might be quite similar, but inside the X-T3 has had a pretty massive overhaul.

The X-T3's new sensor has 26.1 million pixels, but it's the big increase in phase-detection pixels that's interesting.

The X-T3's new sensor has 26.1 million pixels, but it's the big increase in phase-detection pixels that's interesting.

Fujifilm X-T3 specifications

  • Sensor: 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4, 23.5 x 15.6mm
  • Image processor: X-Processor 4
  • AF points: 91-point phase AF across entire image area
  • ISO range: 160 to 12,800 (exp. 80-51,200)
  • Max image size: 6,240 x 4,160px
  • Metering zones: 256
  • Video: C4K or 4K UHD at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
  • Viewfinder:  EVF, 3,690k dots, 100% coverage
  • Memory card: 2x SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • LCD: 3.0-inch 2-axis tilting touchscreen, 1,040K dots
  • Max burst: 11fps (mechanical shutter), 20fps (electronic shutter), 30fps (electronic shutter, 1.25x crop mode)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Size: 132.5 x 92.8 x 58.8mm (body only)
  • Weight: 539g (body only, with battery and memory card)

The X-T3 has a new 26.1 megapixel sensor. This is barely two megapixels more than the previous X-T2, but the extra resolution isn’t the point. For a start, this is Fujifilm’s first back-illuminated X-Trans sensor, which means the electronic wiring is at the back of the sensor and not obscuring the photodiodes at the front. This means better light gathering power and better overall image quality.

More important, the new sensor has 2.16 million phase detection sensors spread across the full image area. That’s a big step up from the X-T2, and the autofocus performance is boosted still further by the inclusion of a new X-Processor 4 image processor that’s three times faster than the one before.

This means faster focusing, improved subject tracking and increased autofocus sensitivity, down to -3EV.

The X-T3's phase detection AF points now cover the whole of the image area, right to the edges of the frame.

The X-T3's phase detection AF points now cover the whole of the image area, right to the edges of the frame.

The enhanced autofocus performance goes together with upgraded continuous shooting speeds. The X-T3 can now shoot at 11fps with its mechanical shutter (the old X-T2 needed an external booster grip to achieve this speed) and an excellent 30fps in electronic shutter mode with the camera’s new 1.25x cropped ’Sports Finder’ mode.

Even more impressive than all of this – for videographers at least – is the X-T3’s ability to capture 10-bit 4K video at up to 60p with 4:2:0 colour sampling (if you use an external recorder, that goes up to 4:2:2).

This is a pretty exceptional video specification for a stills/video crossover camera and marks a big step forward for Fujifilm’s video ambitions. From being a relative newcomer a short time ago, it now offers the most advanced video specifications of any APS-C format camera.

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